My love for art started in my early 20s when I had the good fortune of attending a year of University in Florence, Italy. While there, I took an Art History Course by an Italian professor who regularly showed us slides of art pieces, discussing them and their value and place in the art world. On weekends, I traveled to see these classic works in person. It was such a formative experience. Then, while still traveling in Europe, I visited Munich for Oktoberfest. I left my friends at the Lowenbrau beer tent festivities to explore the city and happened upon the most fantastic modern art museum that completely changed my life and I fell in love with that abstract, modern aesthetic.
As time went on, I returned to the States and fell into the 9 to 5 rat race, but my love for art and especially the modern, abstract art aesthetic, never left me. As a way to survive the humdrum of a 40 hour a week job, I started painting. These paintings were just for me and were not particularly shared with others but were a sort of therapy for myself. Over the years, I would always go back to painting when the workaday world did not satisfy me.
Later in my adult years when it became apparent and necessary that art be more a part of my life, I started a self-study of art techniques starting with watercolor. I worked with this as my only medium for a handful of years and began showing in galleries and art shows and selling pieces. While I enjoyed this, it felt like a limited expression of what I really wanted to create and communicate.
I wanted to paint bold and abstract paintings that hint of a universe beyond the day-to-day realities we are constantly confronted with. So more recently, I began to work with acrylics and focusing on abstract paintings where I finally feel like I am expressing how and what I intend to. I definitely believe in using accidents in painting to my advantage and often they can form the foundation or direction of the piece. I have always been resourceful and so also delving into mixed media helps me use this skill.
I no longer have an exact idea or picture in my mind of what a painting will look like before I start, and I am definitely not looking to reproduce an exact, “realistic” photo. I let the amazing photographers and artists of realism work their magic on that. Mine is more of a process and I let the aesthetic reveal itself as the painting unfolds.
I am so excited to see what my future paintings will look like and I hope they reveal more to us about other possible dimensions and universes. I believe that this awareness of other (some would say more spiritual or higher) realities are what can ultimately help us and keep mankind sane and happy. Thanks for joining me on the journey!
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